Adrian Ghenie

Adrian Ghenie

Adrian Ghenie was born in Baia Mare, Romania in 1977. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Art and Design, Cluj, Romania. He splits his time between Cluj and Berlin, spending the majority of his time in the German capital. In 2005, Ghenie co-founded Galeria Plan B in Cluj Napoca, a production and exhibition space for contemporary art.

Adrian Ghenie’s own work is gestural but unconventional in application. Opposed to the traditional tools of a painter, Ghenie’s paintings are the result of the palette knifes and stencils that he uses to carve staged accidents onto and into his multi-layered painted canvases. His childhood had a profound effect on his painting, in particular the stories his parents told him of their travels across Eastern Europe during the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is not specifically these stories that provide his artistic inspiration, but the differences he finds between his parents’ accounts and his personal interpretations of them. In the broader sense, Ghenie is most intrigued by the difference between fact and memory, exploring these ideas through the means of texture in his paintings.

Adrian Ghenie has had major solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kuns (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest.

He will represent Romania at the 56th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. Adrian Ghenie joined the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in 2015.

Solo exhibitions

2015


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Darwin´s Room, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Romanian Pavilion, Venice, Italy


I will go there, take me home, The MAC, Belfast, Ireland


 


2014


Adrian Ghenie, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málago, Spain


Adrian Ghenie: Golems, Pace London, UK


Adrian Ghenie: Berlin Noir, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2013


Adrian Ghenie: New Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, USA


 


2012


Adrian Ghenie: Pie-Fights and Pathos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA


 


2011


Adrian Ghenie, Haunch of Venison, London, UK


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2010


Adrian Ghenie, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kuns (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium


Adrian Ghenie: The Hunted, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


 


2009


Adrian Ghenie: Rainbow at dawn, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Adrian Ghenie, National Museum of Contemporary Art (M.N.A.C.), Bucharest, Romania


Adrian Ghenie: Darkness for an Hour, Haunch of Venison, London, UK


 


2008


Adrian Ghenie: The Flight into Egypt, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie: Works on Paper, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2007


Adrian Ghenie: Dig and Hide, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, USA


Adrian Ghenie: The Shadow of a Daydream, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland


Adrian Ghenie: They Say This Place Does not Exist, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany


 


2006


If You Open It You Get Dirty, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, Romania


 


Group exhibitions

2016


Très Traits, Fondation Van Gogh, Arles, France


Chere(s) Ami(e)s, new hanging Centre Pompidou (from 16 March)




2015


Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, Vienna Biennale 2015, MAK Vienna, Vienna, Austria


Run for the Roses, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Painting Show – Part One, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


 


2014


Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere Vienna, Austria


 


2013


Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Hungary


 


2012


Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA


Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy


European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today, Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary


 


2011


Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA


The Art of Climbing Mountains, 303 Gallery, New York, USA


The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy


One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy, Arsenale Novissimo, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy


 


2010


After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA. Traveled to Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, USA


The Crystal Hypothesis, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy


Romanian Cultural Resolution: Figurative Painting in Romania, 1970–2010, Spinnerei Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


Mircea Pinte Collection, Museum of Art Cluj, Cluj, Romania


Berlin Show #2, Plan B, Berlin, Germany


 


2009


I've Watered a Horseshoe as if It Were a Flower, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Show Me a Hero, Calvert 22, London, UK


Stagingthe Grey, Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech


Featuring 2, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France


The Punishment of Lust and Luxury, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


 


2008


Drawings & Other Works on Paper, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Liverpool Biennial 2008: Made Up, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK


BERLIN SHOW #1, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Germany


RE-CONSTRUCTION - 3rd Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists, Sala Dalles, Bucharest, Romania


Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France


 


2007


Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Size Matters: XS - Recent Small-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA


Janis Avotins, Adrian Ghenie, Andrew Palmer, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


Expanded Painting 2, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, Czech


Eastern European Painting Now, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA


Across The Trees, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA


 


2006


Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland


Small Wonder, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Bibliography

2014


Adrian Ghenie (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Fernando Francés  and Francisco Calvo Serraller. Malaga: CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga; Ayuntamiento de Málaga, 2014.


Adrian Ghenie (exhibition catalogue).Interview by Tim Van Laere. Antwerp, Belgium: Tim Van Laere Gallery, 2014.


Adrian Ghenie: Golems (exhibition catalogue).Texts by Jasper Sharp and Christopher Lloyd. London: Pace London, 2014.


Judin, Juerg, ed. Adrian Ghenie. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2014.


Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection(exhibition catalogue). Vienna: Verlag für modern Kunst Nürnberg, 2014: 106–9, illustrated.


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Yona Backer, Naomi Beckwith, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Tavia Nyong'o, Clifford Owens, and Franklin Sirmans. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014.


 


2013


Adrian Ghenie: New Paintings (exhibition catalogue). Text by Nora Burnett Abrams. New York: Pace Gallery, 2013.


 


2012


Adrian Ghenie: Pie-Fights and Pathos (exhibition brochure). Denver: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012.


Francis Bacon e la condizione esistenziale nell’arte contemporanea / and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art (exhibition catalogue). Texts by James Bradburne, Franziska Nori, Barbara Dawson, Martn Harrison, Michela Marzano. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012: 94–105, illustrated.


 


2011


“Adrian Ghenie.” In Daniel Buren, Ilya Kabakov, Artur Barrio, Guillaume Bul, Honoré δ’0, Adrian Ghenie. Ghent, Belgium: Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), 2011: 107–118, illustrated.


One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy: Hans Op de Beeck, Adrian Ghenie, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Alexander Ponomarev (exhibition catalogue). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011.


Vitamin P2: New Perspectives In Painting. London: Phaidon, 2011


 


2010


After the Fall (exhibition catalogue). Text by Marc J. Straus. Peekskill, New York: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 2010: cover, 11, illustrated.


 


2009


Adrian Ghenie. Texts by Anette Hüsch and Matt Price. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009.


Adrian Ghenie: Rainbow at Dawn (exhibition catalogue). Antwerp: Tim Van Laere Gallery, 2009.


 


2008


Liverpool Biennial: The Guide. Internation Festival of Contemporary Art. Liverpool: LiverpoolUniversity Press, 2008.


RE-CONSTRUCTION - 3rd Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists (exhibition catalogue). Bucharest: META Cultural Foundation, 2008.


 


2007


Adrian Ghenie: The Shadow of a Daydream (exhibition catalogue). Zurich: Haunch of Venison, 2007.


Eastern European Painting Now: Slawomir Elsner, Adrian Ghenie, Serban Savu, Wojciech Zasadni (exhibition catalogue). Text by Jane Neal. Austin, Texas: Lora Reynolds Gallery, 2007.


Public and private collections

Belgium


Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp


S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent


 





France

Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

Spain







CAC Malaga




 


USA


The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art